Yamaha will sponsor Jimmy Johnson fishing tourneys

Yamaha Marine Group is sponsoring the Jimmy Johnson Quest for the Ring National Championship Fishing Week.

Yamaha Marine Group is sponsoring the Jimmy Johnson Quest for the Ring National Championship Fishing Week, which features two billfish tournaments.

In the three-year agreement, Yamaha becomes the exclusive power supplier for and official outboard motor sponsor of the tournament week, which includes the Jimmy Johnson’s National Billfish Championship and the Jimmy Johnson Celebrity Pro-Am tournament.

Both will take place in Key Largo, Fla., from March 7-10, 2018, and are hosted primarily at Jimmy Johnson’s Big Chill restaurant.

“We are pleased to have Yamaha on board as our exclusive powered by and official outboard sponsor,” Johnson, a two-time Super Bowl champion as coach of the Dallas Cowboys, said in a statement. “We look forward to working together during the next three years to promote and grow the sport of recreational billfishing.”

“Sponsorship of the JJFishWeek gives Yamaha the ability to demonstrate the power of our V8 and V6 Offshore outboards,” said Dave Ittner, tournament sponsorship and pro staff manager at the Yamaha Marine Group. “The integrity of the tournament aligns well with Yamaha’s dedication to conservation and the growth of recreational offshore fishing.”

During the celebrity pro-am tournament celebrities will fish with top anglers for charity. The tournament will award rings to the top angler and top boat. It will take place March 8 at the Ocean Reef Club.

The two-day Quest for the Ring billfish tournament will take place March 9-10 and will feature professional anglers competing for the largest guaranteed purse in sportfishing history and the largest purse in Florida tournament history, the promoters said.

Teams will fish for a $1.5 million purse, and the tournament is being backed by Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino. Competition categories include catch and release, weighted and overall awards.


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